A few fun and interesting, though not necessarily “breaking”, items from the business headlines
The Telephone Eats The Internet
Another one bites the dust!
Another Internet 1.0 pioneer has bitten the dust, at least in a sense. After years of buyout and merger rumors, Yahoo has finally been acquired by telephone company Verizon – itself a product of a series of mergers. It seems Verizon has embarked on a multi-course meal with plans to combine Yahoo with another recent meal – AOL. Here’s hoping that Verizon doesn’t get a case of severe indigestion from these two declining Internet dishes.
The Yahoo Timeline
Launched in 1994, Yahoo was a mega-hit for a few years. This timeline shows an interesting history, including the deal that made Mark Cuban rich!
Whatever Happened To The Internet Brands From the Web 1.0 Era?
Remember Altavista, Compuserve, and Netscape? A look at this list brings back so many memories. Ah, the good old days of Internet 1.0!
Palace Intrigue … Redstone vs Redstone
There’s nothing more exciting than a good ole knock-down drag-out corporate battle. This tale of palace intrigue includes so many interesting items – a 90-something year old media mogul that refuses to relinquish power at Viacom; The mogul’s daughter making moves to assert her own power over the empire; A Viacom chief executive fighting back against the mogul AND the daughter; At least one much younger former mogul girlfriend that wants her piece of the pie … Whew!
Man Claims iPhone Invention … in 1992
Will Apple have to fork over billions for infringing on an existing iPhone patent? Maybe. Maybe not. One word of advice though: If you want to secure a patent … always pay your patent fees!
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